Project information

Dementia: Living well, Caring well

Together we can improve the lives of those living with dementia and their carers. Our community project improves wellbeing through reminiscence/sensory activities and provides respite support to the carer. We enable a window of connection, participation, trigger memories and reduce isolation.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Ribble Valley Crossroads Care Attendant Scheme Limited

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  • Need


    Caring for someone with dementia puts a huge strain on the carer’s physical and mental health as well as straining, at times to breaking point, the relationships with other family members. Carers of people with dementia feel socially isolated and struggle from lack of appropriate support and respite to enable them to keep caring for their loved one at home. There is also a lack of appropriate and stimulating recreational activities for people with dementia.


    The Time for You project will provide a regular respite for carers, as well as an engaging recreational activity for the person with dementia. The support from our trained Dementia Care Support Workers will enable the family carer to continue to care well for their loved one at home. Regular respite breaks are known to improve both physical and mental health of a carer. By supporting carers early on the wellbeing of both the carer and the cared for is significantly improved.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide appropriate and stimulating recreational activites for people with dementia


    » Run fortnightly sessions with variety and choice of dementia specific activities and innovative resources to meet individual's preferences and needs.

    What success will look like

    Success will be delivery of 2000 hours of person-centred dementia engaging and stimulating activities, with an average of 25 people per session.

    Aim 2

    Provide regular and appropriate respite breaks for family carers


    » People with dementia will be supported by trained Dementia Care Support Workers to give safe respite and Peace of Mind to the family carer.

    What success will look like

    Success will be delivery of 800 hours of respite breaks for family carers.

    Aim 3

    Provide emotional support to carers and enable engagement with the person with dementia.


    » Reminiscence

    What success will look like

    Carers will have an improved resilience, be able to care at home longer. Carers will show an increase on the Carers Star monitoring tool.

  • Impact


    The project will increase the awareness of carers and those supporting people living with dementia at home. The delivery of regular respite will enable carers to continue caring at home longer, reduce admission to hospitals and residential care. The focus on dementia and the innovative resources and support provided will be promoted as a vanguard of caring together in our community, involving volunteers and partner organisations including the NHS CCG.


    There is a risk that the rural nature of our location could prevent people accessing the service. We have addressed this risk by ensuring that we organise accessible transport by our Carer Support Workers.


    Donors to this project will receive a bi-monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and
    forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,025

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      Amount Heading Description
      £960 Delivery of Session Hire of Village Hall (fortnightly) for the year
      £1,920 Delivery of Session Dementia Coordinator for 24 sessions
      £480 Admin Administration of the project
      £1,080 Refreshments Hot meal and refreshments for 30 people at 24 sessions
      £380 Marketing Promotion of the project to ensure wide awareness and high attendance
      £3,205 Delivery of Service Provision of trained Carer Support Workers for personal care and support during 24 respite sessions

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Friends of Ribble Valley Crossroads Care £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are based in Clitheroe and provide support to all of the Ribble Valley, a large rural area of 248 square miles. Rural location is one of the main barriers to the access of respite services and services that are specifically designed for people living with dementia. By delivering the project at the centre of the community and providing accessible transport we overcome this barrier. As a result we reduce social isolation. There are 6150 family carers and 38% support a person with dementia.


    Unpaid carers will benefit directly from the project, and this will have a positive impact on their wider family network. Reducing the strain and stress for all involved in caring. People with dementia will also directly benefit. The community will benefit through volunteer opportunities and reward of giving back to the community. This project has a positive impact on all ages, as dementia affects many generations of a family.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity has been providing specialist support to carers in their own homes, giving carers time for themselves, for over 27 years. We are widely respected for delivering high-quality personal care in the Ribble Valley. We are the only not-for-profit charity delivering practical and emotional support in this large rural location. We have a team of 30 experienced Carer Support Workers and a excellent track record of innovative community projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    CEO. Jane is an experienced social care leader, bringing a wealth of business development skills to grow our charity and meet future care needs.